Walker Hotel Tribeca
Industrial Chic, $
Like Walker Hotel Greenwich Village, its sister hotel a few neighborhoods to the north, Walker Hotel Tribeca does yesterday-meets-tomorrow with the right mix of style and substance. Originally a button and ribbon factory built in 1899, the building retains original details like iron window shutters and is surrounded by other Renaissance-revival structures evocative of the period when this area was an industrial heart of the city. The lobby living room is especially warm, filled with velvet sofas and rosewood bookshelves. The reception is down a flight in the cellar. Guest rooms, while small, are efficient and well designed, as befits the micro hotel trend. But one trend the hotel is blessedly ignoring is the insane inflation that has gripped lesser NYC hotels in recent years. With rates that can average under $200, staying here can be extremely affordable, which should go a long way to attracting travelers with more taste than disposable income, who will receive a very welcoming welcome here. The hotel also attracts non-guests through creative collaborations and events (nearby gallery tours, sustainable clothing swaps, screenings during the Tribeca Film Festival) and special "city and sea" promotions with Marram Montauk, Walker's other sister hotel in the Hamptons.
At a Glance
The Vibe: Warm, industrial chic.
Standout Detail: The lobby living room.
This Place Is Perfect For: Creative-minded sorts on a budget who want a chic, downtown location but do not need a lot of room in the bedroom.
Rooms: The hotel's 171 rooms come in different configurations, with king, queen, and full bed options, measuring from 130 to 230 square feet, with most rooms at 190 square feet. Amenities include C.O. Bigelow toiletries, Frette linens, big TVs, and free WiFi. The rooms are small but the use of space is clever and efficient, with under-bed storage for luggage and deep above-bed shelving. The sink and vanity are within the main room.
On Site: The hotel has an on-site fitness center and spaces for private events.
Food + Drink: While extensive food and drink offerings have been suspended due to the pandemic, a Blue Bottle Coffee is located in the hotel and light fare is served in the lobby from Tuesday through Saturday, which is also when the rooftop bar, Happy Be, is open. The sub-cellar cocktail bar and in-house restaurant will reopen at the end of summer 2021.
What to Do Nearby
What can't you do nearby? The hotel is located where SoHo meets Tribeca meets Chinatown meets the Lower East Side. For downtown-minded types, this couldn't be a more central location for art (New Museum, Bortolami), restaurants (The Odeon, Nom Wah Tea Parlor, Frenchette), bars (Jimmy, Weather Up), shopping (Clic, La Garçonne, Kirna Zabête), and general street styling (Canal Street Market).